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Longtime New York Methodist President Mark Mundy announces retirement

September 8, 2016 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Mark J. Mundy. Photo courtesy of New York Methodist

Mark J. Mundy, longtime president and CEO of New York Methodist Hospital, announced on Wednesday that he will retire after 26 years of leadership. A nationwide search will commence in the coming days to fill the position.

“After more than [a] quarter century of steadfast leadership, we congratulate Mark Mundy on a well-deserved retirement,” said Rev. John E. Carrington, chairman of the board of trustees of New York Methodist Hospital. “Under Mark’s direction, our more-than-century-old hospital underwent a stunning transformation to the modern, acute care teaching hospital it is today.

“Mark Mundy retires with the gratitude and respect of the entire New York Methodist board and staff, the communities we serve, as well as the admiration of health care providers throughout the greater New York area for his tireless efforts to improve patient care,” Carrington continued.

Mundy became the eighth president and CEO of New York Methodist Hospital (which was founded in 1881) in 1990, and also served as ex officio member of the hospital’s board.

“It has been an honor and privilege to help meet the health care needs of Brooklyn’s residents for more than 25 years,” said Mundy. “Since I joined New York Methodist Hospital, the institution has accomplished a great deal, including the opening of the New York Methodist-Cornell Heart Center, joining the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and an important affiliation with Weill Cornell Medicine.

“Working with the more than 4,000 dedicated professionals who have served our Brooklyn communities has been an honor, and I know this hospital will remain in great hands as an important member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System,” Mundy added.

Under Mundy’s direction, the hospital moved from financial instability to financial strength. At the same time, the institution underwent great expansion. A major outpatient building, the Center for Community Health, is currently in the early stages of construction. In 1993, Mundy was instrumental in the development of the hospital’s relationship with NewYork-Presbyterian. This agreement would pave the way for its status today as a first-class teaching hospital.

The hospital added several notable health care advancements during Mundy’s tenure, including laparoscopic surgery (the first such procedures in Brooklyn), deep brain stimulation, a new birthing center and the most advanced forms of radiation therapy against cancer tumors. The New York Methodist-Cornell Heart Center was added in 2004, following a highly competitive New York state Department of Health process, after which New York Methodist was chosen to open the first new cardiac surgery center in Brooklyn (one of only three) in 25 years. For the network’s expansion of care and array of health care advancements, it would earn several notable awards, recognitions and accreditations during his tenure.

Mundy was recruited to his current position from Quincy Hospital in Quincy, Massachusetts, where served as CEO from 1982 to 1990. His eight-year stint at Quincy Hospital marks the only tenure in his more than four decade career in health care where he was not stationed in New York. He was also employed by the New York Infirmary-Beekman Downtown Hospital (now NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan) from 1981 to 1983, Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, N.Y. from 1973 to 1981 and St. Vincent’s Hospital from 1970 to 1973.

A former Army Green Beret captain, Mundy received a M.S. degree in hospital administration from Columbia University, and a B.S. degree from Murray State University, Kentucky.